Event highlights importance of wetlands

15 Feb,2016Fire Awareness

More than 60 school learners from different schools together with Working on Fire, Department of Environmental Affairs, SAPS, Nquza Hill Municipality, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism and SanParks celebrated World Wetlands Day at Mhlanga JSS on the 2nd of this Month.

The main purpose of the day was to educate everyone about the importance of wetlands as well as the advantages and disadvantages of fire on wetlands.

Environmental Officer, Luyolo Sheyi, said that wetlands are important because they reduce the severity of droughts and floods by regulating stream flow.

“We should not destroy wetlands or turn them into dumping sites as they provide livelihood resources to rural poor in the form of drinking water,” Sheyi emphasised According to Wongama Copiso, the Community Fire Awareness Officer from Working on Fire, one of the disadvantages of fire on wetlands is that it can lead to loss of seed due to wrong timing of fire. “It can also lead to loss of vegetation, composition and structure,” Copiso added.

School learners performed poems that emphasized the importance of the wetlands.